End of support for Windows XP - Moving to Windows 7/8 or Linux
Support for Windows XP has ended on April 8, 2014, what does it imply?
Microsoft won't provide any technical support for Windows XP anymore.
No security updates will be released.
End of support for Internet Explorer 8.
Microsoft Security Essentials is no longer available for download. If you already have it on your PC, it should be noted that it will be maintained until 14 July 2015.
You can still use Windows XP, access your documents, browse the internet, run softwares, but the vulnerabilities and security flaws will no longer be fixed, meaning that Windows XP is wide open to malware infections and hackers.
We strongly advise Windows XP users to change their PC or migrate to another operating system.
Note that the risk of infection will not appear overnight, at the end of support for Windows XP, the risk is weighted by the degree of vulnerability of Windows and Windows software (Internet Explorer etc) to be issued thereafter.
You certainly have a few weeks perhaps months available where the risk may not be great leaving you the option of continuing with Windows XP.
Buying a new PC
If you can afford it, you can always buy a new computer or laptop running the latest version of Windows, Mac OS or Linux...
The software is installed and a shortcut is created.
On Windows XP: You will need to search the web (specialized websites, manufacturer's website) for drivers, it can be tedious and it must be done for each of your hardware components.
On Linux: Each time a new driver is available, you will be proposed to update the Linux core.
Low risk of virus infection when using Linux. It should be noted that viruses targeting Windows are ineffective on Linux, so you don't have to worry connecting an infected removable drive or open infected email attachments.
To stay on the safe side: